I'll start by saying its me,MOPAR MARV but forced to open a new account because the site suddenly refused to recognize my old user name,so I loose my post count,all my saved PMs,etc.... but I'll see if that can be fixed later.
I'm just happy to be able to post for the first time since last Saturday. I was almost ready to go ballistic.
Anyways,after weeks of waiting I finally got to take my Hawk2 out and see what it would do on lipo power[7.4 volt 3300mah 2s]. And I've got to say that I am most impressed with the way it performed.
It has so much more power its almost impossible to control under hard throttle,like trying to turn when the front wheels are barely touching the ground. It literally just plows straight ahead with the wheels pointed sideways. It was a real learning experience.
And run times are awesome,two packs netted nearly two hours of some of the most fun I've had with the truck since I bought it back in 2006. It was incredible!!! Flying it six or seven feet off of jumps and just plain mad dog driving that would have reduced most newer RCs into smoldering piles of crushed parts.
But it did not come through all this without a bit of carnage. In the first ten minutes it split the right rear outer rod end but I patched it up with superglue and away we went. Then the nylock nut on the slipper kept coming loose,a couple more drops of superglue cured that issue for now.
Then it took a weird bounce and punched both rear body mounts through the body. But its just two old Parma bodies that I sectioned together to use for bashing. I'll just patch it up again,no worries.
But the real damage came just as I was finishing the last run before supper time. I was hitting a small pile of dirt at full throttle and airing it out a bit too hard. When all of a sudden it sounded like the nut on the slipper had backed off again. So I checked the slipper and nope it was fine. Then I thought "oh oh maybe I crushed another set of diffy gears!" but no,the diffy spins perfectly. I know its not the idler gear,because it is an alloy unit from a Stampede. I've never heard of anyone killing the top gear so I'm thinking that I probably stripped all of the teeth off of the outside of the differential gear.
If that is the problem,I'm gold because I have an NIP Diff. gear, sitting in my Hawk2 project box.
But now I am totally convinced that it is time to order up every thing I need to bring my Transmission and Slipper Clutch up to VXL specs.
Anyway,all carnage aside,I still think that Traxxas made a major mistake when they discontinued the Hawk2. Its light,super easy to work on and man can these old trucks take some serious punishment!!
And almost seven years later,I gotta say that it is still my all time favorite two wheel drive RC truck!!
If ya can't drive it like you just stole it,it belongs on a shelf! Vintage Traxxas RC trucks Rock!!!
Oh yeah,I'm just a little pumped